Darien Blue Hawks Travel Team Info
For the 9th year, Darien Babe Ruth will offer a competitive travel team program for players ages 13 and 14. This program is intended to provide a higher level of baseball experience to those players who want to further their baseball careers and is a continuation of the Darien Youth travel baseball program. The teams will consist of the top players in each age group, and will be selected and coached by Darien High School coaches John Miceli and Joe Marzano. Tryouts will be held and cuts will be made.
Players for the Darien Blue Hawks teams will be selected from an open tryout, with players selected based upon their baseball skills, talent and athletic ability. Participating on this team will require a firm commitment over the course of the season.
The following outlines the travel program as it is currently planned.
Provide an environment that allows the top players to compete at a higher level
Provide a program that will provide a more competitive level of play while providing instruction
Raise the overall quality and level of baseball for Darien’s current and future high school players
- Travel Teams will be coached by paid experienced baseball coaches
- Players must participate in an open tryout to be considered for the team
- Players are evaluated and selected by the team’s coaching staff
- Players must make a firm commitment to attending practices and games
- Players will be eligible to participate in the summer district teams, if selected
Timing and Costs:
- Spring season runs April through mid June. Summer season runs mid June through July.
- There is a spring fee and a summer fee. Players are also charged a field usage fee of $25 per season by the Town of Darien.
- Fees for this program will be kept as low as possible to cover costs.
Differences to other AAU/Travel teams:
The program is a part of Darien Babe Ruth
All players are from Darien, so they will get the benefit of playing with friends, classmates and future high school teammates
Players will be eligible to qualify for the Summer District teams
The fee for the program will be substantially less than half of what is charged by other Connecticut AAU teams
Games and practices held in Darien
Players are coached by Darien High School coaches
SPRING TRAVEL PROGRAM: Teams compete in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League against other towns in Connecticut and New York. Teams compete in multiple jamborees and tournaments in addition to their league and non-league games.
Darien Blue Hawks - These are highly competitive teams with professional coaches. Darien residents only. Season runs from late March through Memorial Day.
Teams will be coached by Darien High School baseball coaches John Miceli and Joe Marzano. They will be assisted by current and former Darien H.S. players.
TRYOUT INFO - March 16 - 5:00-5:30 or 5:30-6:00 @ McGuane Cages
SUMMER TRAVEL PROGRAM: 13U Blue Hawk teams compete in the Connecticut Xtreme Babe Ruth Baseball league against other towns in Connecticut. Teams compete in league play and games against AAU and American Legion teams. Summer travel teams also serve as our town district teams that compete in the District 1 tournament.
Team will be coached by Darien High School baseball coach Joe Marzano (13U). He will be assisted by current and former Darien H.S. players.
Tryouts: Teams will be chosen based off spring season performance.
2018 DARIEN BLUE HAWKS FALL BASEBALL TEAMS
We will have 13U, 14U and 16U teams this fall.
The team will practice Monday and Wednesday afternoons and play games on weekends. The season will run September 5 through November 4.
13U (players who just finished Little League) - August 31 - 4:00-5:30pm @ DHS varsity field
14U & 16U - (players who were 13U-15U over summer) August 30 - 4:00-5:30pm @ DHS varsity field
Players must be Babe Ruth eligible and no longer have Little League eligibility.
DARIEN BLUE HAWKS RESULTS
2010 - District 1 Runner Up, I84 Summer League Champions
2011 - District 1 Champions, State of CT 2nd Place
2012 - District 1 Champions, State of CT 3rd Place, War At The Shore Runner Up
2013 - District 1 Champions, State of CT 3rd Place
2014 - Xtreme Summer League Champions
2015 - District 1 Runner Up, Fairfield Fall League Champions
2016 - District 1 Champions, State of CT 4th Place, Fairfield Fall League Champions
2017 - District 1 Runner Up, Fairfield Fall League Champions
2018 - GHVBL Spring Regular Season Runner Up, Navajo Memorial Tournament Runner Up
District 1 Runner Up, GHVBL Summer Regular Season Champions
War At The Shore 1st Place
2014 - District 1 Runner Up
2015 - District 1 Runner Up
2018 - GHVBL Spring Regular Season Champion, District 1 Champions
State of CT 3rd Place, War At The Shore 3rd Place
2018 - War At The Shore 1st Place